citizens of the Cedar Valley address the proposal for a coal burning power plant
City Council meeting
May 7, 2007
7. Scott Hudson. 1027 West 9th ST. CF
Good evening. My name is Scott Hudson. I live at 1027 West 9th Street in Cedar Falls. Right off the bat I’d want to say thank you Mayor Hurley for conducting this event and this hearing with the dignity you’ve had and the kindness you have shown to everybody involved and you have taken some shots a little bit tonight, but I want to thank you personally. My personal issue and my greatest concern still concerns the ground water and the cooling water for the power plant. There was a question asked about that…the answer wasn’t clear to me and I would like to hear some more specificity about the percentages of the water that is to come from the waste water plant and how much energy is going to be required to pump that water to the plant…that was a detail I was not aware of.
…also the percentage that would come from the aquifer…Daily, I read the newspaper in the morning and I get BBC news…it’s a terrifying that …that Perth(?) Australia will become the first Ghost metropolis, because they’re pumping their ground water and the hydrolics, and in other parts of the world people are thinking that something that is going to happen to them and they’ve had 10 or 30 years to adjust……we’ve found we’ve been living with it for 40 years now and we have to adjust very quickly. And so clearly Global Warming has implications for a global fresh water crisis. And we don’t think about that so much here in the Cedar Valley and its flood plain. But it is going to be a global issue and there will be families in the SW that immigrated from the Midwest and we’ll have a permanent drout in Las Vegas and Phoenix be and then they want to come back to the MW. So we want to take care of the fresh water resources.
I’m very, very concerned about those percentages from the plant. Also this is a regional problem. I Googled…a very easy Google search,…and found articles about toxins in the water that leaves power plants as it enters the Cedar River, not the Cedar River specifically, but other plants in other parts of the nation, and so I would want to hear answers about how this would be mitigated, who’s measuring that…how’s that going to be mitigated. It is a regional issue, but we know that Cedar Rapids takes their drinking water still out of the river, and so that’s a good neighbor issue on that level.
Clearly there are still so many questions that have not been answered, that haven’t been able to be answered and I would hope that you try to answer these questions before you vote to annex. Thank you for your time.